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Phonics and Reading


At Lumbertubs we follow the Read, Write Inc phonic scheme. We believe that this is the best approach for our children to have the knowledge and skills they need to be proficient at word recognition. This scheme helps our children to become fluent readers.

The learning strategies used include: the practice of word blending using Fred-talk (pushing sounds together), segmenting (pulling sounds apart) and manipulating (deleting and inserting sounds) which help children to read and spell.

Every child who walks through the Lumbertubs door is assessed for their phonics knowledge to ensure we provide the best support for each child.



At Lumbertubs, we are committed to promoting the enjoyment of reading as we believe it gives us the ability unlock doors to the future of all learning. Our library contains a wealth of fiction and non-fiction books for the children to read which is used regularly as well as links to the local library. In KS1 and until children become fluent readers we follow a reading colour band system which is assessed through phonics. Every child has a book which is relevant to the set of phonics which they are working on in class. Therefore, children can link their phonics skills to become fluent readers.

When children become free readers, they will move onto the Accelerated Reader programme. This gives every child the opportunity to read a range of fiction and non-fiction books which they can later take a quiz on to show their understanding of the book. Every child who is a free reader in KS2 has a log on for Accelerated reader.


Knowledge and skills coverage in reading comprehension

Every reading session has a skill focus to ensure that the comprehension aspect of reading is taught. Comprehension skills are developed through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the adult, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. The skills taught include:

  • Vocabulary
  • Inference
  • Prediction
  • Explanation
  • Retrieval
  • Sequence (KS1) Summary (KS2)

Supporting your childs reading comprehension at home